What We Learned…

Va­ri­ety in per­for­mance makes a smart choice es­sen­tial

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GEARGUIDE -

PICK­ING A GOLF BALL NEED NOT GIVE YOU SLEEP­LESS NIGHTS.

A few years ago the choice be­tween balls was re­ally com­pli­cated. Un­less you had a solid un­der­stand­ing of how you launched shots into the air with a driver, iron and wedge you couldn’t re­ally make an in­formed choice to ben­e­fit your game. Tay­lor­Made has changed all that with the TP5 and TP5x, bring­ing the choice down to softer or firmer – it’s as sim­ple as that.

ONCE YOU’VE DE­CIDED WHETHER YOU

want a ball to give you more dis­tance or more spin, there’s still a dif­fer­ence be­tween the largest brands’ tour balls. Com­par­ing all the ‘X’ type balls our test pro saw 9m of dif­fer­ence in carry dis­tance and 12m in to­tal dis­tance. That’s over a club of dif­fer­ence when it comes to play­ing your ap­proach shot into a green, and who doesn’t pre­fer stand­ing over a 7-iron in­stead of a 6?

PICK­ING THE RIGHT BALL CAN MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE ON THE GOLF COURSE.

Ob­vi­ously every golfer’s re­sults will be dif­fer­ent to our test pro’s, but we can’t hide how dif­fer­ently each ball per­formed in our test. A 11m deficit be­tween the firmer Tay­lor­Made TP5x and TP5 and 8m gap be­tween the Call­away Chrome Soft X and Chrome Soft gives a great idea of how much you put on the line by purely choos­ing a ball for softer feel or more spin.

THE DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN THE NEW PRO V1 AND PRO V1X

was closer than we ex­pected. We reckon pre­vi­ous ver­sions would have been more dis­cernibly dif­fer­ent. With just 2.7m carry dis­tance dif­fer­ence with a driver, 1m with a 6-iron and 275rpm of back­spin change with a wedge, it sug­gests the two are closely matched, even if the Pro V1 does feel softer. There couldn’t be a bet­ter time to re­assess if you’re a Pro V1 or Pro V1x player.

CALL­AWAY’S CHROME SOFT IS A TOP BALL,

yet it’s sig­nif­i­cantly

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